Vastu for Plots

The selection of a plot is very important since the plot represents a fixed form, that will radiate positive as well as negative energies depending on its location, orientation, shape, slope and soil quality. While selecting a plot these five major points are to be kept in mind. Normally a Vaastu Expert is not involved at the time of buying a plot. But as a Vaastu Expert, I would suggest that it is good to involve one, at the time of selecting a plot, as his inputs could be very valuable in deciding the right Site. Generally, the points an Vaastu Expert will keep in mind while selecting a site, will by default be in accordance with Vaastu Shastra. If you already own a plot for construction of house or office, you should still refer to the Vaastu Guidelines prescribed for the selection of suitable plot. In the Selection of a plot, the following Vaastu Guidelines should be looked into, since most of these guidelines are based on scientific reasoning and few on common sense.







Proper guidelines have been put fin Vaastu Shastra for the Selection of a plot. As Vaastu is a science, there is logic and reasoning behind every guideline. As a Vaastu Expert I have made an attempt to explain these guidelines rationally and scientifically. It is up to you to decide what you want to follow and what you don't


Peaceful, calm place with lot of greenery and good water source with good soil, for obvious reasons. The fertile soil is an indication of good soil for construction.

While purchasing a piece of land, it is a good idea to stand on the land and feel its vibration for a few moments. If you feel positive about it, consider buying the land. If not, it is probably not good for you. The Reasoning is that it is always advisable to trust your instinct but make sure you are not influenced by anything or anyone else, for good reasons.

Check the Plot history; it should be a good history. It is best to buy land where happy and successful people have lived. The natural reasoning behind the concept is totally psychologically, you will feel that a land where people were happy and prosperous; has good vibes or energy. Check for the road adjacent to the plot. Plot with pathways on all four sides is considered the best. It ensures health, wealth, prosperity and happiness. The natural reasoning for the logic is because a Plot with roads on all four sides is not abutting any body's property and hence one can derive maximum lighting and ventilation from all four sides. The next best option is a Plot with roads on the North or East. The reasoning I understand for it is that more light and air can enter from these sides in the mornings.


It is advisable to avoid a haunted or dilapidated house. The Plot should not be purchased, if in the recent past someone has committed suicide on it, or if there have been several deaths over a period of a couple of months. You may psychologically feel uneasy if you happen to know of such a past. Avoid purchasing a plot that has been sold under stress. Such Plots should be purchased only with caution and proper consultation with a Vaastu expert. One good reason is that you may feel psychologically unhappy and guilty, knowing that the Plot was sold out of helplessness and that the previous owner must be still holding onto it.

We have to avoid sites near a public place or buildings. The Plot should not be near or adjacent to any public place like temple, hospital, factory, school, college etc. Such places will constantly be crowded and noisy. But if they are at least 80 ft to 100 ft away, then the plot is acceptable. We cannot live in an environment with foul smell. It is advisable to avoid sites near smelly places. The Plot should not be near a meat shop, workshop, leather tannery, laundry, shoe shop, dustbins, sewage drains etc. The bad smell emanating from these places will permeate the house permanently and naturally create a atmosphere in the house that is not suitable to live in. If the plot is between large plots, it should be avoided. In such plots the owner of the smaller plot can construct only a much smaller house than the owners of the larger plots and thus, may subconsciously feel 'small' with respect to the neighbors. This can create a feeling of inferiority in the owner.

It is good to avoid plots with lot of cracks or too much wet soil. The cracks indicate dried up clayey soil and too wet soil also indicates clayey soil that does not allow the drainage of water. Such soil is not suitable for a building foundation as it will retain moisture and necessitate extra expenditure for water-proofing the foundation. Strictly avoid Plots facing a T or Y intersection of roads. This is because you can see oncoming traffic and this may give you the nervousness feeling or lack of privacy. However, in some cases, as explained below, such plots are acceptable.


Plots facing a T or Y intersection, where roads or lanes run right into the face of the site from different directions are called Veethii (road) Shool (Arrows). Since it is difficult to comment on the different permutations and combinations of roads, oncoming roads, directions etc, that form the Veedi Shoolas, let us examine the basic considerations, in naming them as good, not bad, bad and very bad.

  • East-NorthEast If the oncoming road is from the East, and hits the North-East part of the Plot, it is considered a good site.

  • North-NorthEast If the oncoming road is from the North, and hits the North-East part of the Plot it is considered a good site.

  • West -NorthWest If the oncoming road is from the West, and hits the North- West part of the Plot, it is considered as a not bad site.

  • South-SouthEast If the oncoming road is from the South, and hits the South- East part of the Plot, it is considered as a not bad site.

  • East - SouthEast If the oncoming road is from the East, and hits the South- East part of the Plot, it is considered a bad site.

  • North - NorthWest If the oncoming road is from the North, and hits the North-West part of the Plot, it is considered a bad site.

  • West - SouthWest If the oncoming road is from the West, and hits the South-West part of the Plot, it is considered a very bad site.

  • South - SouthWest If the oncoming road is from the South, and hits the South-West part of the Plot, it is considered a very bad site.


If your Plot is facing an intersection, (called a Veethi Shool), as you can see the oncoming traffic and people, this may give you the nervousness feeling or lack of privacy. In order to overcome this, you can use the corner of the plot that faces the intersection as a garage or car porch etc so that the main house is not facing the intersection. Or you could fence off that part and use it for some other purpose like a garden or outhouse etc.


As per Vaastu Shastra, the shape of the plot affects the well being of the inmates. It has been noted certain shape of plots have a good effect, while others shapes a bad effect and some plots can be used after making corrections to a suitable shape. As Vaastu is a science, there is logic and reasoning behind every guideline. As a Vaastu Expert, I have attempted to explain these guidelines rationally and scientifically, so that you can decide what you want to follow and what you don't.


Square plot

A plot with equal length and width is considered as an ideal site for construction. As per Vaastu, it ensures all round growth, prosperity and happiness. In ancient time, houses were designed around a central square courtyard, for better ventilation, a square plot was considered the most suitable.

Rectangle plot

A plot having the length and width in 1:2 ration are considered good. If the length faces north and width faces west, it would be considered more suitable. Such plots are considered to bestow good health, wealth and prosperity upon the residents. Like in a square site, it is easy to design a square or rectangle shaped house in such plot with extra space used for trees, outhouse etc and hence is not wasted.

Triangular plot

The Triangle shaped plot is not good. Such sites are considered as sites where there will always be fear of fire.

Circular/Elliptical/Oval Plots

Such shapes are not considered good for construction of houses. According to Vaastu, such plots would bring bad luck to the owners.

Plots With more than 4 sides

Pentagon, Hexagon, Octagon shaped plots should be avoided for construction of house. People in such plots always live in fear.

Gou-mukhi plot

A plot that is narrow in the front and wide at the back is called Gou Mukhi. Such plot is considered auspicious for residential purpose. Such plots bring prosperity to the house owners.

Simha-mukhi plot

A plot that is wide in the front or entrance and narrow at the back is known as Simha Mukhi plot. Such plots are considered inauspicious for residential purpose but are suitable for commercial purpose.

Plots with corners cut

Plots with a missing corner should not be purchased for any reason. If you must, then do so with proper consultation of an Expert Vaastu Shastri. Plots with cut corners are considered inauspicious.

Plots with projections or extensions

The plots with extension in the North or East or North-East are considered good. Other extensions are considered as inauspicious. Plots with extensions in the North-West, South-East or South-West are not considered good, they bring bad luck to the owners.


Vaastu Shastra lays down guidelines to aid you in the selection of a plot with the ideal direction. As Vaastu is a science, there is logic and reasoning behind every guideline. As a Vaastu Expert, I have attempted to explain these guidelines rationally and scientifically, so that you can decide what you want to follow and what you don't.


In ancient text of Vaastu guidelines to aid in the Selection of a plot with the ideal Orientation are based on Common sense, scientific reasoning and logic. As per Vaastu: All directions are considered good and each has its own advantages. The only reason I understand is; in any city or town, there are roads in all four directions and naturally there have to be houses on both sides of the roads. Also, the city looks more aesthetic if there are houses in all the four directions. Hence, according to Vaastu, all plots are considered good. East facing Plot is good for scholars, philosophers, priests, professors, teachers etc. The Logic- East (morning sun rays) is considered the source of enlightenment. North facing plot is good for those in power, administration and those who work for government. South facing plot is good for business class and for those who work in business organizations at management level. West facing plot is more suitable for those who provide supporting services to the society. The reason why Vaastu attributes each direction to a different class of people is because in ancient times, Indian society was divided into four classes of people, based on their occupations. But gradually these classes became castes and there was very little social mixing between the castes and so people of each caste preferred being with their own people. Hence their homes were grouped together.


In ancient Vaastu text proper guidelines have been prescribed to aid you in the selection of a plot or site with the ideal soil type. As Vaastu is a science, there is logic and reasoning behind every guideline. As a Vaastu Expert, I have attempted to explain these guidelines rationally and scientifically, so that you can decide what you want to follow and what you don't.


To construct a building for any purpose, land is required. And it is a fact the land has not been previously not allocated for the same. It has to be some or the other kind of site that has to be used. It should be correctly noted for what purpose the land was being used previously. While purchasing land, it is ideal to buy a piece of land that is most suitable for cultivation i.e., where the vegetation can grow. There are different types of soil based on the colour- brick red, dark brown, white, red, yellow, black etc. Generally the soil which is good for cultivation like red, brick red, brown, yellow soil etc is also good for the foundation of a building. Whereas, black and clayey soil which is not good for cultivation is also not good for buildings as it retains water and can cause dampness to the foundation. It is advised to avoid a site with black and clayey soil. The Reason being, the black soil indicates soil that retains water and doesn't allow good drainage. It is best to avoid such a site because it will require special kind of foundation and water-proofing which will cost many time more than the usual foundation. Again avoid rocky piece of land for construction purpose. Land with too many rocks and thorny trees is not considered good. This is because it may be an indication that there is rock below which will have to be blasted out before laying the foundation, causing unexpected expenditure. A land with lot of worms should be avoided. This may be an indication that the soil is very loose and will not support the foundation well.

Shape of Plot

A plot of land is the first and foremost prerequisite of a building. While selecting a plot of land, you must be very careful regarding its shape and the omens related to it.

Rectangular (in which opposite sides are equal) shape of the plot yields perfection in every field, square shape yields wealth, circular shape of plot yields intelligence while Bhadrakar (many rectangular plots of land connected to one-another with their lengths decreasing sequentially while maintaining the basic shape) land proves beneficial in all ways for the occupant.

Perfect square or perfect rectangular shape of the plot is considered as best for construction of the home. All the four angles of the plot must be exactly of 90 degrees. Though a parallel tetragon has all the four angles, still plots with such shape are not suitable for making home. A perfectly rectangular shaped plot is also auspicious for making home, but its length ought to be one and a half times more than it's breadth.

Such a rectangular plot of land that is elongated more in north-south directions than east-west is known as Suryabhedi (dissected by the Sun.)

If the walls are longer in north-south and east-west directions, the plot in question is known as Chandrabhedi (dissected by the moon). If home is built on such plot, clan of the owner does not continue.

Apart from these, there are many shapes (though highly uncommon) in which plots are classified.

These shapes and their effects are as follows:

  • Shape Effect.

  • Spiral Abject poverty.

  • Uneven Mourning.

  • Triangular Torture from the state.

  • Cart-shaped Loss of wealth.

  • Rod-shaped Loss of animal wealth.

  • Winnower-like Loss of cattle stock.

  • Bow-shaped Fears of particular things.

  • Octagonal Gives pains and sufferings.

  • Bucket like Excess of debts.

  • Barrel shaped Loss of wealth.

  • Like beak of a crow Gives wealth.

  • Angular plot Disputes and quarrels.

  • Capsule shaped Mixed results.

  • Triangular shaped Obstacles in collecting money.

  • H-shaped Inauspicious.

  • Temple shaped Happiness in poverty.

  • T-Shaped Different kinds of upheavals.

  • Fan-shaped Dire economic condition, the owner may take to begging.

The surroundings

The land should be away from a graveyard, mausoleum, cremation ground, or any site of last human rites.

Avoid a land which is opposite or next to a hospital or a nursing home.

A plot adjacent or opposite to a religious institution like a church, a temple or a mosque is considered unsuitable for any residential, institutional or commercial purpose.

A small plot which has two large plots on either side, seems compressed between them should be avoided. Such a plot will attract miseries and misfortunes.

The plot should not be near a garbage dump or a waste disposal site.

A plot which is next to a hospital, or faces a hospital is influenced by the diseased energy of the hospital.

Directions of the plot

Ideally the plot should face the cardinal directions (E-W or N-S). A twist upto 12 degrees is permitted. A diagonal plot (whose corners meet at E-W or N-S the plot) should be rejected. Such a plot invites confusion and miseries to the owner and his family.

Perforations or Pores

In VAASTU Shastra, perforation or pore means obstacle that arises due to faulty construction. These obstacles should not be mistaken with physical obstacles. These are purely metaphysical in nature, but have far reaching consequences on the occupants of the house. A house, thus built investing earnings of whole life may appear attractive from outside, but its occupants have no peace of mind. A few of such obstacles (perforations) are discussed here:

1) Obstacle due to Door: This blocks free movement of air and the Sun. Because of it, occupants fail to fully harness the goodness of the Sun and fresh air.

2) Obstacle due to Orientation: Orientation of the house must not be fixed arbitrarily in any of the four directions - east, west, north and south. If a house is built with its orientation in any arbitrary direction, it may lead to loss of wealth and clan. If you have slightest doubt regarding auspiciousness of any direction, do not extend your house in that direction.
Even when you are planning to get your old house demolished and builds a new one in its place, do not violate the orientation and directions of the old house, or you will suffer obstacles due to faulty orientation.

3) Obstacle due to Angle/Corner: All the four corners of a house must have exact right angles. If any of these corners is less than or more than the right angle, such situation causes obstacles due to faulty angles or corners.
If a corner of a house falls exactly in front of the gate of another house, this also causes obstacle due to corners. If a house has three, five or more corners, it also suffers from obstacles due to faulty corners. Occupants of a house with faulty corners face untimely death, extra-ordinary diseases and extermination of clan.

What can you do to correct obstacles?

  • Don't make a door at the centre of the house or at any joint.

  • If the house doesn't have more storeys, don't give a backdoor.

  • There should not be highway crossing, well, pond, gutter, corner of another house, big tree, pole peg, garage etc. in front of the main gate. These are not good from the security's point of view.

  • There should not be standing water or mud in front of the main gate. Such things cause obstacle to free passage and weaken the foundation.

  • Obstacles due to peg: There should not a peg right in front of the gate to tether cow, goat or any other animal.

  • Creaking sound: Creaking sound that is generated by the movement of the doors, is also a bad omen.

  • Obstacle due to well: A well, man hole and water tank situated in front of the main gate or the house casting its shadow on it, is also an obstacle.

  • There should not be an oil expeller or gutter right in front of the main gate. Such thing indicates grave calamity.

  • Doors of the house should not vary in height, for then they cause serious obstacles.

  • Ladder or staircase right facing the main gate is also an obstacle.

N.B.: It should be noted here if the obstacle is situated at a distance double than the height of the house, it's faults are removed. If there is a wall between the obstacle and the courtyard, the obstacle has no effect. Similarly if a through fare crosses between the house and the obstacle, the latter is rendered ineffective.

Obstacle due to Pillar: If there is a single column or pillar common between the two adjoining rooms, it causes enemity among the occupants. Each room must have its separate column. Also there should not be a column facing a door.

Obstacles due to learing: Such houses as attract learing gazes from the passers-by appear deserted with eerie atmosphere are said to have obstacles due to lear and sneers.

Obstacle due to hole: No space, even the size of a needle's eye, must be left open at the backside of the house. There should be no hole on the back wall also. Such openings facilitate the entry of ghosts and demonic forces and pose danger of theft.

Obstacles due to portraits: Never adorn the walls of your living or any other room with portraits of tiger, lion, dog, panther, leopard, crow, owl, vulture, falcon or spooks, demons and war scenes for these cause serious obstacles.

Obstacles due to sculptures: Sculptures of above mentioned creatures also produce similar obstacles.
If both the storeys of a house are exactly the same in height, the situation causes obstacles. Such situation causes disintegration of the family. Hence, the upper storey must be kept about 1/12th part shorter in height than the lower one.

obstacles due to Trees

If there is a big tree right in front of the main gate, the situation causes serious obstacles. The older the tree, serious are the threats. Such trees, if fall ever by chance, will cause great harm to the house. Such a tree also weakens the foundation and there are dangers to be struck by lightning during thunderstorm.

Falling of shadow of a tree on a house, building, factory, etc. for more than a quarter of the day is also inauspicious. Such situation causes demonic virtues and serious diseases.

Presence of fruiting or thorny trees in the vicinity of house is also inauspicious. Thorny trees cause pains, while fruit trees pose danger of theft.

Planting of banana, lavender, Champak (laurel), Ashok etc. at the main gate or along the boundary-wall is auspicious.

As per the scriptures, planting of Banyan in the eastern side of the house, sycamore in the southern side, Peepal in the western side and Pakur in the northern side, is considered as auspicious provided that the house is facing east.

Planting of basil sapling in the courtyard is extremely auspicious and important religiously.

Obstacles due to Flag

If the shadow of a temple's flag falls on the house, the situation causes many obstacles. Because of casting of shadow of the temple's flag on the house or vicinity of the house to a temple, the house comes under the domain of the ruling deity of the temple. Many things like toilet, bathroom, mensus in women, mating, childbirth etc. are common in households, but forbidden in the domain of the temple, and the occupants have to bear huge losses as a result. Ideally a house must be situated at least one hundred feet away from a temple. Similarly, a house must be situated away from the shadow of the hills and the trees. But these last two conditions do not apply to the houses in mountainous region.

Obstacles due to Location

Obstacles due to location arise if there is a home of washers, hearth of a blacksmith, flour-mill or home of a childless couple just in front of the house. If there is a cremation site or parking place for the hearse carriers near the house, it faces grave obstacles due to location.

Obstacles due to Path

It is also an inauspicious sign if a house, factory or industry is flanked by a pond on one side and by garbage incineration site on the other. If such a building is situated at the junction of three paths, it is also considered inauspicious.

If a hill, huge stone or other unwanted hurdles face the main gate, the owner of the house experiences great obstacles at every step of his life.

If the two houses have a common entrance, their occupants experience serious miseries.

Presence of a pond, particularly triangular in shape, just in front of the main gate indicates bad omen.

If the boundary wall of a factory or shop is higher than the main building, the situation poses serious obstacles to the business. Owner of such premises is unable to raise capital beyond a certain limit.

Presence of ruins in front of a house, factory or industry is not an auspicious sign. Sighting of such ruins daily leads the person to fall ultimately forcing closure of his running business.

Spearing roads

Roads, streets and lanes are also channels of strong energy currents which can hit a house. A plot at the end of a dead-end lane is hit by this spearing energy with devastating pranic effects to harm the positive energy of the plot. Such roads or streets are called Vedh.

Expert call them spearing roads. Not all spearing roads are bad. There are several types of Spears of which 4 are good. If a plot has streets coming from either of these directions ( ENE, NNE, WNW and SSE), it is good. A plot with all other spearing roads should be avoided.

Dead End streets

A plot at the end of a dead-end road keeps on accumulating the highly negative energy which shoots down the lane all the time. This accumulated manifests into chronic illness or untimely death of its occupants and the owner.

Remedial measures and cures should be applied immediately to such plots.

Plot Shape

An ideal plot is a square plot with all corners at 90 degrees.

For a rectangular plot it's length: width ratio should not exceed 1:2.

A N-S long rectangular plot is preferred to an E-W long plot as it receives more sunlight.

Round, semi-circular plots, triangular plots, rhomboid plots, plots of other odd shapes should be rejected.

If a plot has an extended NE corner it is considered lucky.

High Pressure Plot

If a plot is wider at the front and narrower at the rear, then it accumulates energy. Such a plot is unfit for building a house. However, it may be used for a factory, warehouse, transport shed, railroad station, bus stand, police station or other functional buildings which may have a high level of activity. However, it is advisable to consult a Vastu expert about such a plot before taking a final decision.

Low Pressure Plot

If a plot is narrow in the front and wider at the back, then it is a low pressure plot. Such a plot is very suitable for building a residence, home for elders, hospital, school, meditation center etc. But here too, it is advisable to consult a Vastu expert about such a plot before taking a final decision.

Testing of land from the surface

From the appearance of the surface land is divided into four categories:
1) Elephant's back, 2) Turtle's back, 3) Demon's back and 4) Serpent's back.

1) Elephant's Back: The land which is somewhat elevated in the south, south-west, west or north-west directions is known as elephant's back. Goddess of wealth, Lakshmi is said to inhabit such land. The occupants, naturally, grow rich and enjoy long life on such a land.

2) Turtle's Back: The land, which is elevated in the middle and shallow all around, is known as Turtle's back. Inhabitation on such land leads to greater enthusiasm, luxuries and accumulation of wealth for the occupants.

3) Demon's Back: The land which is elevated in north-east, east and south-west directions is known as Demon's back. Inhabitation on such a land leads to loss of wealth and children.

4) Serpent's Back: The land, which is elongated in east-west directions and elevated in north and south directions is known as Serpent's back. Inhabitants on such land meet untimely death. They also lose their wives, sons etc. and have lot of enemies.

Plot needs rectification

Important Guidelines

1. Plot as per vastu should be square of rectangular in shape. Square would be best. If it is rectangle then the ratio of length to breadth should be 1:2 and not more than that.

2. The ground level should be higher in South & West rather than North and East.

3. Plots facing North or East are better than those facing South or West.

4. A canal, a lake, river, nallah, a big well or pond should be in north or east only.

5. Heavy construction or mountains should be in west or south of the plot.

6. There should not be any big tree in north or east of the plot.

7. There should not be any pit or well in south or west direction.

8. All four corners should be at 900 (set Square). If only north east is extended i.e. if it is less than900, it will do.

9. All rain water should flow from south to north and west to east.

10. South west should be highest & north east should be lowest in level.

11. If all the corners are not at 900 then we should correct it before starting the construction.

12. If the dead end of a road is coming in our plot then it should be taken care of because some are good & some are bad. This is called vidhee soola.

13. Their should not be any hills or mountains in east or north side of your plot as per vaastu rules.

14. At the time of purchasing the adjacent plot purchase only in east, north or north-east plots. Never purchase adjacent plot in south or west or accept if even if offered for free.

To conclude, an ideal plot has the following features:

The soil smells good.
It retains water.
The water moves clockwise.
Has a high-rise building or a hill to its South or West.
Has a water body or a river in NE.
If it is a river, then the ideal flow is from South to North.
Should make one feel happy and light when one walks over it.
Has a depressed North, NE and East and a raised SW, S, W.

A plot with the following characteristics should be avoided:

  • The soil stinks of decomposed organic matter.

  • Is sand witched between two tall buildings or two large plots.

  • Has hills or high-rise structures in North, East, or North-East.

  • Is near a burial ground or a crematorium.

  • Is next to a place of worship.

  • Has big trees in North, East, or North-East.

  • Is near a pollution emitting industrial unit.

  • IS below a high tension cable.

  • Is close to an effluent treatment plant or a dirty water pond.

  • Has a raised East, North-East and North and a depressed West, SW, and South, SE Vastu Advice For The Selection Of The Plot

The selection of the land is the initial stage and is very crucial as it is like the starting of anything. If you get a good one, you are lucky, if you are not then the problems start prevailing. So if you are going to buy a new land/property, make sure you do under guidance. If you get a wrong plot and without any consultation start construction then it will be a invitation for all sorts of problems like financial problem, health problem, worries, sorrows. Make sure you do not invite such inexplicable problems.

We will provide you with the assistance in selection of the best suitable plot. We follow the following steps:

  • Check and determine the directions of the site.

  • Check the soil of the site as it plays a major role in forming the vibrations of that particular site.

  • Try to get a personal feel and touch of the property to observe positive or negative vibrations at the site.

  • Prepare a Vastu analysis chart indicating important aspects and grading of the plot and suggestions.

We recommend you to read our articles on About Feng Shui to gain more knowledge.
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